Ever since the launch of its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, Google has been rolling out some of the features of its next generation Pixel phones its older Pixel phones. And now the word is that the company has started rolling out a compact version of its Pixel 4 inspired Google Assistant to older phones.
According to a report by 9To5 Google, the tech giant has started rolling out a compact version of its new Google and redesigned Google Assistant to older Android smartphones. While the Google Assistant that Google is rolling out is not exactly the same as the one present in Pixel 4, it looks a lot similar to the redesigned version of the company’s virtual assistant.
The Google Assistant present on the phones right now takes up the entire screen space while responding to users’ queries. The new Google Assistant, by contrast, does not take the entire space. Instead, it occupies only the amount of screen space required to answer users’ queries. Depending on the query or command, the new and compact Google Assistant uses two thirds of the screen space while displaying the weather, half of the screen space while playing music and one third of the screen space while answering simple questions.
The newer version of Google Assistant might not have a transparent cloud-like appeal but it does occupy significantly lower space when invoked. The Google Assistant logo on screen is followed by the regular ‘Hi, how can I help?’ question towards the left of the screen with the profile icon placed towards the right when answering questions with your phone’s wallpaper in the background.
On being invoked, the Google Assistant shows the usual – ‘What’s on my screen?’ and ‘Share Screenshot’ – options.
As per the report, so far the new and compact version of Google Assistant is available only the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL smartphones. There is no word on when this update will be available on older Pixel phones such as the Pixel 3a series and the Pixel 2 series and other Android smartphones.